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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday Night Debacle.
Wow. From the second the game started, the atmosphere -- from the fans down to the coaches and players -- was completely dull. I thought I was going to fall asleep by the middle of the first quarter. The only thing that kept me awake was the hope that someone on this team would provide a spark with a dunk, a nice pass or any other type of MADE field goal. Instead, the misses kept coming for the Wizards and the Bobcat shots kept dropping in. On numerous ocassions, Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler were given completely wide open dunks and layups because of non-existant Wizards defense. Brendan Haywood, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were out of place, coming out to provide help on screens just a few feet away from the hoop, but
unable unwilling to get back to their man who was underneath the hoop and able to get easy buckets. Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson were flying for offensive rebounds while everyone on the Wiz were 5 steps behind them all game long and not fighting with them for any rebounds. They couldn't hit a shot (39%), couldn't defend and plain and simple the booing fans said it all. By the third quarter, the stadium was filled with the sound of boo's coming fom the fans, as the players trudged off the court, heads down, looking as if they wished they could just leave the court and go to sleep...which is pretty much the way they played the entire game. No one was on the same page and it was just a bunch of players with different ideas of what they wanted to do on the court. No cohesion. No chemistry. No execution. Nobody brought the will to win last night and it was a bit "embarassing" as Flip said. We are now 5-10, which isn't great but it can obviously be improved upon. We just need to get people on the same page and working toward the same goal. We can't have Antawn playing for a championship and Gil playing for stats...just a hypothetical situation...but could be a true one. It's just one bad game after two consecutive wins and it's still early in the season, so these things happen. But with the players we have, let's just make sure it doesn't happen again.